Havana-born Irene Rodríguez founded the Compañía Irene Rodriguez in 2012 and since then has received worldwide acclaim. She is an awardee of the Order “Isabel La Católica,” Spain’s highest civilian honor in recognition of the extraordinary conduct exemplified by the Spanish people, and for her contribution to fostering the friendship and cooperation of the Spanish Nation with the rest of the international community.
Conchita Burman on 17 February 1987: "During the last ten years, Carnival festivities banned under the Franco regime have been revived in Spain. Now it is greatly and widely celebrated; almost every city, town or village celebrates Carnival"
"Perhaps the whole experience must be lived to be fully understood and appreciated, not just the ‘encierros’ but the spirit and philosophy and ‘joie de vivre’ of this peaceful little town that wakes up on July 7 and does not go back into a peaceful slumber again until July 15"